Nutrition E-Newsletter for June 2011   

The Team Nutrition (TN) e-Newsletter is published periodically to share TN resources developed by USDA and/or by State agencies, and to share ideas for promoting healthy eating and physical activity through Team Nutrition at the State and local levels.

In This Issue

  • New food icon, MyPlate, unveiled
  • Update from Chefs Move to Schools
  • HealthierUS School Challenge
  • Recipes for Healthy Kids Competition: Finalists Announced!
  • New Materials Developed by States
  • Resources from the Healthy Meals Resource System

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New food icon, MyPlate, unveiled  
USDA unveiled the new food icon, MyPlate. First Lady Michelle Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack unveiled the new food icon, MyPlate, on June 2. The intent of the icon is to prompt consumers to think about building a healthy plate at mealtimes. It emphasizes the fruits, vegetables, grains, protein, and dairy food groups. This new icon can help consumers adopt healthy eating habits consistent with the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

Check out for information, tools, and “how-to” materials about healthy eating. While you’re there, check out the interactive tools, like the customizable Daily Food Plan or Food Tracker. The main messages are:

Balancing Calories
bullet   Enjoy your food, but eat less.
bullet   Avoid oversized portions.
Foods to Increase
bullet   Make half your plate fruits and vegetables.
bullet   Make at least half your grains whole grains.
bullet   Switch to fat-free or low-fat (1%) milk.
Foods to Reduce
bullet   Compare sodium in foods like soup, bread, and frozen meals and choose the foods with lower numbers.
bullet   Drink water instead of sugary drinks.
Team Nutrition is making the MyPlate materials and graphics available for download, as they become available. Educators may continue to use the MyPyramid materials and resources for their nutrition education efforts until revised materials are made available.

Update from Chefs Move to Schools
Chefs Move to Schools  
Chefs and schools are vital to the First Lady's Let's Move! campaign, and they have been generating excitement about nutritious foods in a number of ways during the school year.

Visit the Chefs Move to Schools website for some spotlight stories on chef-school partnerships, and gain new ideas and inspiration about kid-friendly activities.

Schools: If you haven't matched with a chef yet, it's now even easier to get a partnership started. You can now contact chefs in your area directly via email! First, search for chefs in your state. The names of chefs who have provided their email addresses are hyperlinked—click on the name of a chef to send them an email. Note: email addresses are not yet available for all chefs, but we continue to add more each day.

The following links provide additional Chefs Move to Schools materials:
bullet   Schools: Share Your Match with a Chef
bullet   Share Your Success Story
bullet   Frequently Asked Questions
bullet   Resources
bullet   In the News- Read current news stories related to Chefs Move to Schools
bullet   Success in Their Own Words- Learn what others have done
bullet   Webinars
Don't miss your chance to receive a free cookware kit! The Partnership for a Healthier America continues to offer free cookware kits to schools matched with chefs. To learn more about this donation opportunity, complete the application form.

HealthierUS School Challenge
HealthierUS School Challenge  
We congratulate all HealthierUS School Challenge Award Winners!

The HealthierUS School Challenge (HUSSC) is a voluntary initiative established in 2004 to recognize those schools participating in the National School Lunch Program that have created healthier school environments through promotion of nutrition and physical activity.

To date, 1,220 awards have been given to schools in 43 states! Team Nutrition is committed to reaching 1,250 schools by the end of June 2011. Take the HealthierUS School Challenge today!


Recipes for Healthy Kids Competition: Finalists Announced!
On June 15, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the finalists in First Lady Michelle Obama's Recipes for Healthy Kids competition, a national contest to promote healthy eating among children. The first place recipes from categories of Whole Grains, Dark Green and Orange Vegetables, and Dry Beans and Peas will compete for the Grand Prize at a national cook-off event during the American Culinary Federation National Convention in Dallas, Texas, on Monday, July 25.

Judging Team  
bullet   Visit the Recipes for Healthy Kids website for the announcement of the winners in each recipe category and the winner of the Popular Choice Award.
bullet   Check out the Let's Move! Blog for information about the onsite school judging events for the 15 semi-finalists.
bullet   Work with your school food service to try serving one of these recipes at your school during the next school year. The Recipes for Healthy Kids recipes feature foods that the Dietary Guidelines recognize should be consumed more frequently (whole grains, dark green and orange vegetables, and beans and peas).
As part of the process to determine the finalists, a recipe judging team tastes and evaluates a recipe at a judging event at one of 15 semi-finalist schools. The panel of judges included Ann Hall, USDA Nutritionist; Helen Phillips, president-elect School Nutrition Association; and Rene Marquis, Executive Chef at United States Special Operations Command, member of the American Culinary Federation.  

New Materials Developed by States
The First Years in the First State Toolkit  
The First Years in the First State Toolkit: Improving Nutrition and Physical Activity Quality in Delaware Child Care

Delaware Department of Education.
This toolkit is a practical, "how-to" guide created to help child care providers follow Delaware CACFP and child care licensing nutrition and physical activity rules. The toolkit consists of two books, an Administrator's Guide and Menu Planning Guide, and a handout, the Shopping Cheat Sheet.

Go Local and Get GREEN!
Team Nutrition Iowa.
This two-page handout provides fundraising ideas that use local produce and support a healthy lifestyle.
Go Local and Get GREEN!
  Iowa Gold Star Cycle Menus
Iowa Gold Star Cycle MenusTeam Nutrition Iowa.
These 5-week, seasonal menus offer increased whole grains, fruits and vegetables and legumes, optional locally grown Iowa produce, and healthy USDA Foods. Seven schools pilot tested the menus and recipes in Fall 2010.
Making Worksite Wellness Work at Your School
Iowa Department of Public Health; Iowa Department of Education.
This resource was developed to address health and wellness in the school environment, not just for students, but for staff as well. This document will provide school staff with some easy suggestions to help get an employee wellness program started.
Making Worksite Wellness Work at Your School
  Nancy's Garden Teacher's Guide
Nancy's GardenMontana Department of Agriculture; Montana Team Nutrition.
Montana's First Lady Nancy Schweitzer invites you to spark an interest in math and science with classroom gardening. Let's explore plants, promote healthy eating, and connect kids to the outdoors! Each participating 4th grade classroom in the state of Montana will receive grow boxes and classroom materials including a teacher's guide, seeds, and posters.
No- to Low-Cost Ways to Promote Physical Activity in the Child Care Setting
Iowa Team Nutrition.
This card set supports the Iowa Team Nutrition grant objective to provide fun and interactive physical activity for children, teachers, parents, and other caregivers by showcasing low to no cost equipment and activity ideas.
No- to Low-Cost Ways to Promote Physical Activity in the Child Care Setting
  Resources from the Healthy Meals Resource System
  Recipe Finder
Recipe FinderFind standardized recipes, quantity recipes, USDA recipes, recipes from industry and more in this searchable database. Preset searches are available for fruit, vegetable, whole grains, and bean recipes. New recipes will be added from HUSSC award-winning schools.
Recipes and Menu Planning
Find everything you need to create healthy delicious recipes and menus for schools and child care. Included in this section are sample menus, food buying tips, portion control guidance, and more.

Features of the Month
Fruits and Vegetables MonthJune is National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month! Eat seasonal favorites from your garden and the local farmer’s market!

Celebrate various monthly health observances using these recipes and educational resources.

Conference Calendar
School’s out for summer but conferences are in! See the Conference Calendar to find a complete list of summer conferences. Learn more about current events, issues, and innovations while connecting with other professionals! Summer is a great time to learn new skills and share your experience with others before beginning another busy school year.
Making Worksite Wellness Work at Your School

About USDA's Team Nutrition
Team Nutrition is an integrated, behavior-based, comprehensive plan for promoting the nutritional health of the Nation's children. Team Nutrition uses three behavior-oriented strategies: 1) provide training and technical assistance to help Child Nutrition Program foodservice professionals to prepare and serve nutritious meals; 2) provide multifaceted, integrated nutrition education for children, their parents, and other adults who influence children's behavior; and 3) build school and community support to create a healthy school environment that is conducive to healthy eating and physical activity.

For more information regarding USDA's Team Nutrition and how to enroll your school as a Team Nutrition School, go to the USDA Web site at

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